We have recently introduced the Vibration Anesthesia Device (VAD) for use during Botox injections. The science behind it is called “Gate Control Theory of Pain.” If you’re a science buff, click on the link for an
explanation of the theory, but basically it’s this: Non-painful nerve input (the vibration) closes the nerve gates to painful input (the needle poke) which, in turn, prevents pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system.
The VAD is a not a chemical based device – we aren’t putting any numbing solutions on your skin. The VAD is simply placed on the skin in the region to be injected. color table . There is a small button on the top of the device which, when pressed will emit a blue light and the device will start to vibrate, “distracting” the nerves during the injection.
Is it 100% guaranteed? No, but nothing in life is. However, pediatricians are using the VAD with great success with their young patients, who love to push the button and turn the blue light on. Most adult patients report their Botox injections to be 50% less painful, and some report no pain at all!
So, the next time you come in for your injection, expect to see a little blue light and feel some “good vibrations!”